[percy-l] Call for Papers: Walker Percy at SAMLA

Tammy.DiBenedetto at rcc.edu Tammy.DiBenedetto at rcc.edu
Tue May 29 14:26:42 EDT 2007

Hi Karey,


Let me first offer my best wishes on the speedy completion of your
dissertation.  I, too, am in the process of completing my dissertation-a
study of race relations in Percy's works-so I have a good idea what
you're going through.


The first chapter of my dissertation-a study of the "Africanist
presence" in The Moviegoer and its relationship to the establishment of
white American identity, might work well for the conference session.
I'm attaching an abstract (of sorts; it's actually a couple of
paragraphs from the Intro. to the dissertation) to give you an idea of
what I'm up to.  Although my dissertation offers a study of race and
race relations in all of Percy's novels, the chapter on The Moviegoer is
one I'm happiest with, though the chapter on Love in the Ruins is also
pretty well fleshed out, it's pretty much a rehash of what's been said
before.  The analysis of race in The Moviegoer offers a few new points
on race that (as far as I know) haven't yet been discussed.  


Thanks for organizing this session.  I certainly hope it materializes.  


All my best,


Tammy DiBenedetto


Tammy DiBenedetto

Associate Professor, English

Riverside Community College

4800 Magnolia Avenue

Riverside, CA   92506

(951) 222-8271


-----Original Message-----
From: percy-l-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:percy-l-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Karey
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2007 7:58 AM
To: 'Percy-L: Literary and Philosophical Discussion'
Subject: [percy-l] Call for Papers: Walker Percy at SAMLA


Hi all - 


Regarding the Walker Pecy session at SAMLA:  I received some e-mails
indicating interest and ideas, but only one abstract for a paper -
deadline is May 31, so if you're interested, let me know, or we'll have
to cancel the session!  : (    I'd like to see Percy at SAMLA!


More information and orginal e-mail is below - the topic is flexible,
just about Percy "today"!  If interested, send it to me at my home
address:  karey1 at charter.net  






Percy fellows:


 I will be chairing a session at the annual convention of the South 

 Atlantic Modern Language Association (see topic below).  Am seeking 

 papers on the  topic: "Walker Percy Today" -  that topic should be
broad enough to 

 fit many different Percy interests.  I think Percy is relevant today - 

 but somehow is not included in college curricula as much as he should 

 be!   Just e-mail a one-page abstract to me at karey1 at charter.net   by
May 31.  

 The SAMLA website is  http://www.samla.org <http://www.samla.org/>   <

 <http://www.samla.org/  (or http://samla.gsu.edu

 <http://samla.gsu.edu/<http://samla.gsu.edu/ ) with the conference 

 information - November 9-11, 2007, in Atlanta, at the Renaissance 

 Hotel downtown.


 I would love to see some of you at the conference, at the session, or 

 giving your paper for the session!  We've conversed over the years, 

 and though I have been silent lately (attempting to diligently finish 

 a dissertationbefore I pontificate on a listserv.), hopefully, we'll 

 be able to reconnect and meet!


 Karey Perkins

 Senior Professor of English, DeVry University Alpharetta, Georgia


 Topic:  Walker Percy, an honorary memory of SAMLA, is sometimes 

 Considered "merely" a topical writer and, in the 17 years since his 

 death, seems to have faded from the literary landscape.  College 

 literature courses, even those on southern literature, only 

 infrequently include Percy's writing.  How is Percy relevant to us 

 today?  Does his study of symbol and language have anything to offer 

 linguists, philosophers, or anthropologists today?  Are his dystopian 

 science fiction novels, his social satires, and his social parodies 

 out-of-date - or was he a prescient visionary, still current today and 

 in the future?  Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the 

 similarities between the psychology of Lancelot and a modern day 

 terrorist;  Love in the Ruins as a description of the chaos and racial 

 divide in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina; the Knotheads and the 

 LEFTPAPAS forecasting the political divide in America today; More's 

 lapsometer in Love in the Ruins and patient medication in The Second 

 Coming echoing the popularity of Prozac and other anti-depressants 

 today. One-page abstracts sent to Karey Perkins at karey1 at charter.net  

 by May 31, 2007.  Complete papers should be no more than ten pages or 

 20 minutes to read.


-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/percy-l/attachments/20070529/0f99aed3/attachment.html>
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: SAMLA conference abstract.doc
Type: application/msword
Size: 25600 bytes
Desc: SAMLA conference abstract.doc
URL: <http://lists.ibiblio.org/pipermail/percy-l/attachments/20070529/0f99aed3/attachment.doc>

More information about the Percy-L mailing list